Can Nizoral shampoo prevent hair loss?

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Nizoral is a shampoo that is primarily to help rid the scalp of dandruff. It contains ketoconazole, an ingredient used in many hair loss products, leading some people to believe that Nizoral may help to delay baldness

Ketoconazole is an active ingredient that is used in treating infections that is due to fungi and yeasts. It is an anti-fungal that interferes with cell membranes of the fungi and yeast and stops them from producing ergosterol by causing holes to appear in the cell membrane and the fungal cells to leak out. This will kill the fungi and yeast and treat the infection. The treatment should continue or at least 2 weeks by applying twice a week and can be used up to a maximum of 4 weeks. There have been reports of possible side effects, ironically including that of hair loss. A feeling of burning and itching can also be felt in some cases particularly those with sensitive skins.

On the other side, there have been some who believe that it has helped with their hair loss and could use as a treatment. There is no valuable proof that this can happen although a study has been carried out on mice using ketoconazole. It was found that where hair had been cut down there was regrowth when it was compared with a control group. There has been no such proof of this happening in men. There are only two medically approved treatments that are available on the market today and in order to ensure that the right strengths and treatment is used the advice of a professional hair consultant should always be used.

There are other ways in which hair retention can be helped but it does depend on the initial cause of the hair loss. The sooner a consultant is contacted after noticing hair loss the better the results. Hair is lost on a daily basis on an average of 100 to 150 a day and more than this, for instance, when brushing or washing, could be signs of pattern hair loss which is genetic or some other cause. By going to an expert they will be able to ascertain the best way forward by discussing family history, medical history, diet and lifestyle.

Diet does play a big part in the health of the body and mind and without the essential nutrients the body cannot function as well. As well as well known solutions such as minoxidil and finasteride, there are hair boosters in the form of nutrient supplements and shampoos that claim to help ensure the body is absorbing sufficient nutrients.


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